Homelessness hotline

A new service to help the homeless is being rolled out nationwide after a successful trial in London.

Many rough sleepers 'not aware' that help is out there

Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of homelessness charity Broadway, said:

"Anyone can become homeless and life on the streets is damaging and dangerous. Evidence suggests that some people sleeping rough may not be known to local services and not all rough sleepers are aware that advice and services are available. The quicker someone is helped the better. StreetLink aims to help address this by providing the first step the public can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them."

Make a difference to the homeless, urges minister

Housing Minister Mark Prisk is encouraging members of the public to pick up the phone, and help rough sleepers in their area.

"With the nights getting colder, many people will be wondering how they can help when they see someone facing a night on the streets. StreetLink will give them the chance to make a real difference.

"This new service will help rough sleepers across the country to connect with their local services, offering the help and advice they need to get back on track. So save the StreetLink number, 0300 500 0914, onto your phone, download the app or bookmark the webpage today. Your action could help a rough sleeper get out of the cold and into long-term support."

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Helpline launches to help those sleeping rough

Homeless people sleeping rough on the streets could be helped by a new website and helpline.
Homeless people sleeping rough on the streets could be helped by a new website and helpline. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

A hotline and website enabling the public to put homeless people in touch with local help and services launches across England today.

The StreetLink helpline was piloted in London. During the 6 month trial, 415 rough sleepers were helped off the streets.